Lobos Hunt For First Conference Win At Home This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  04/13/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

April 13, 2004

HOME SWEET HOME: The Lobos come home to try and get their first conference win of the season this weekend. At home this season, the Lobo are 6-1 overall compared to 7-12 (0-4 MWC) on the road. They will host Utah on Friday, April 16 at 1 p.m. for their first home conference games of the season, followed by BYU on Saturday, April 17 at 1 p.m.

Utah is one of a handful of teams who have dominated the Lobos in the all-time series. The Utes hold a 50-22-1 record when facing New Mexico. Last year the series was somewhat balanced with Utah taking three of five including two in Albuquerque. But New Mexico won the game that counted the most, beating Utah 5-0 behind the arm of Amy Dumas in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship.

The all-time series between the New Mexico and BYU is deadlocked at eight apiece. The two split the conference season series last year, winning two games each. New Mexico won the first and the last games of the series. The two played one nonconference game at a tournament last year, with the Cougars winning 3-2.

WEEKEND RECAP: The Lobos did not get off to the start they wanted in the Mountain West Conference, falling in all four games played last weekend.

On Friday, UNLV shut out the Lobos in game one for a 7-0 win. The Rebels then edged out New Mexico 4-3 in the night cap.

On Sunday, the Lobos tried to rally after being down 3-0 but couldn?t make the comeback, losing 3-2 in game one. In game two, San Diego State poured on the offense, taking the 8-2 win.

For the weekend, sophomore Jamar Bynum hit a team-best .357 going 5-for-14 with one double and one run scored. Junior Ashley Shartzer went 3-for-11 (.273) with two doubles and one run scored while senior Sabrina Sandberg launched her seventh home run of the season, hitting .222 (2-for-9) with one run scored.

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR: Senior Amy Dumas is tearing up the New Mexico career pitching record books. She has taken control of four records and is in the top five for the remaining categories with 14 regular season games and an undetermined number of Mountain West Conference tournament games remaining.

Dumas went into her senior season already holding the career record for appearances. She has broken away from the rest of the field with her 142 games pitched. She also holds the record for games started (93), innings pitched (622) and strikeouts (424). Dumas is tied for second with her 17 shutouts, needing just three for the new record. Her 44 victories leave her fourth all-time, trailing Allison Maney?s 56. She is also fourth in walks with 132 and would need to walk 42 more just to tie the record. Finally, she is fifth in complete games, having thrown 43.

Senior Amy Dumas is in the final year of a record-breaking career.

Sophomore Iraina Ogas and junior Ashley Perkins are also making their way into the career book this season. Ogas is seventh in both appearances (64) and walks (101). She is within a dozen of getting into the top ten in innings pitched (241), strikeouts (184) and shutouts (4). Perkins, in her first year as a Lobo, has the seventh best earned run average (2.34) and needs just one more shutout to tie for eighth with eight.

Offensively, senior Sabrina Sandberg and junior Cassie Chavez have broken into the career home run record. Chavez has 13 home runs, placing her tied for fourth while Sandberg has 10, good enough for a tie at sixth. Kathy Moore holds the record with 36, hit between 1998 and 2001.

UNCOVERING THE UTES: Utah is currently 13-22 overall, having played an extremely tough non-conference schedule. Between Feb. 13 and March 13 the Utes went 3-18, playing 13 ranked opponents. They are fairing much better in the conference portion of the season, going 3-3 so far.

Offensively, the team is solid, hitting .247 with 131 RBI and 42 home runs thanks to two exceptional players leading the way. Glennis Donnelly is hitting a team-high .439 with 50 hits including 12 home runs and 34 RBI. Devina Quintero is batting .359 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. Another notable at the plate is Melissa Stahnke, hitting .305 and has the teams two triples.

If Utah has a week spot, it would be their pitching staff which has an earned run average of 3.97 and has given up 34 home runs. Ace Bianna Gourdin has the team?s only winning record at 10-4 with a 2.92 ERA. Gourdin has struck out a team best 64 batters but has given up a team-high 13 home runs. The second best ERA belongs to Melissa Oakes at 3.75 but she is winless at 0-6. Samanatha Schroeder and Heather Bowlin complete the staff with ERAs of 4.71 and 6.20, respectively. Schroeder is 2-6 with one of the team?s two shutouts while Bowlin is 1-6.

COUGAR REVIEW: BYU will play Utah State Tuesday, April 13 and Colorado State on Thursday, April 15 before coming to take on the Lobos. The Cougars are 21-12 overall and 3-3 in the MWC as of April 12.

At the plate, the entire Cougar team is hitting an impressive .298, with six women hitting over .300. Nine players have hit at least one home run and eight have 10 RBI or more. Ianeta Le`i holds the team?s best average (.354) and hits (29). Jodi Norton follows with a .329 averge and team-high 23 RBI. Paige Paramore is hitting .311 and leads the team with six home runs while Krystle Chamberlain is hitting .307 and leads the team with her 23 runs score.

In the circle for BYU, Niki Anderson has the best record at 12-4 (2.81 ERA) while Brooke Boyce has he best ERA at 2.75. Ariel Capra rounds out the rotation with her 5.52 ERA and 3-3 record.